- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
Origin of yid
1885–90; < Yiddish yid Jew; compare Middle High German jude, jüde
Although this is a highly offensive slur in English, the Yiddish word from which the English word derives is not derogatory.
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Examples from the Web for yid
You put the id back in Yid, Portnoy instructed, and you come to understand the “oy” in goy.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
- offensive, slang a derogatory word for a Jew
C20: probably from Yiddish, from Middle High German Jude Jew
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Word Origin and History for yid
generally derogatory term for a Jew, 1874, from Yiddish use, where it is complimentary (see Yiddish).
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